Politicians, Fans Remember Margaret Thatcher

By Emily Feldman
|  Monday, Apr 8, 2013  |  Updated 9:48 AM PDT
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Politicians, Fans Remember Margaret Thatcher

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II talks with British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher in 1979. The Queen, Buckingham Palace announced Monday, "has been saddened by the death of former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher" and will send her family a private message of sympathy.

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's death Monday at the age of 87 triggered a wave of remembrances, from Hollywood to Capitol Hill, that paid homage to the powerful political figure.

Social media buzzed with the sort of polarizing sentiment she evoked during her more than decade-long tenure marked by sweeping, and sometimes painful economic changes. But she was also remembered as a pioneering figure that helped paved the way for other female leaders across the world.

Actress Meryl Streep, who won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for her portrayal of Thatcher in "The Iron Lady," called her "a figure of awe for her personal strength and grit" and marveled at her ability to withstand, what she called, unprecedented and "special hatred and ridicule."

Nancy Reagan called her late husband and Thatcher "political soul mates, committed to freedom and resolved to end communism."

Spice Girl Geri Halliwell tweeted that the former Prime Minister taught her that "any thing is possible," while politicians she worked with and those who succeeded her shared their impressions about the strong-willed woman from humble beginnings.

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